‘We will quit Parliament’, threatens MQM-P

‘We will quit Parliament’, threatens MQM-P

KARACHI – Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan chief Farooq Sattar has warned that party lawmakers will resign en-masse if anyone of them is made to desert the party or taken to another ‘camp’. MQM-Pakistan has been witnessing erosion since the formation of the group when MQM lawmakers in the country announced parting of ways...

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47 Injured in Balochistan from a grenade attack

47 Injured in Balochistan from a grenade attack

MASTUNG – At least 47 people sustained injuries in two hand grenade attacks – one in Balochistan’s northwest district of Mastung and the other in port city of Gwadar – on Thursday. According to police, a hand grenade exploded with a powerful bang near Sultan Shaheed Chowk in Mastung, injuring...

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Nawaz, Maryam, Capt (r) Safdar indicted by NAB court

Nawaz, Maryam, Capt (r) Safdar indicted by NAB court

The accountability court has indicted ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and his son-in-law Captain (r) Safdar under London flats property reference filed by NAB. All suspects have rejected the allegations. Nawaz Sharif was indicted by the court in presence of his representative, Zafar Khan. The accountability court...

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Opposition Disrupts President’s Address To Parliament With Slogans Of ‘Go Nawaz Go’

Opposition Disrupts President’s Address To Parliament With Slogans Of ‘Go Nawaz Go’

President Mamnoon Hussain on Thursday addressed a joint session of Parliament to mark the beginning of the ruling party’s final year in government amidst noisy protest from the opposition. Although protests were in full swing during the earlier part of the president’s speech, the assembly hall quietened down halfway through...

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Military Revives Plans To Shift GHQ To Capital

Military Revives Plans To Shift GHQ To Capital

ISLAMABAD: The military has revived plans to shift General Headquarters (GHQ) from Rawalpindi to Islamabad, and is ready to kick off construction on the project. The plan was shelved around October 2008 to 2009, at the instructions of then chief of army staff (COAS) Ashfaq Pervez Kayani, due to financial...

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Three Injured In Unprovoked Indian Firing Along LoC: ISPR

Three Injured In Unprovoked Indian Firing Along LoC: ISPR

Three were injured when Indian troops resorted to unprovoked firing along the Line of Control (LoC) on Thursday morning, a statement issued by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said. “Indian troops opened fire at Battal, Jandrot and Hotspring sectors at LoC,” the statement said. The statement added that Pakistani troops...

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Azhar Says India Clash ‘Just Another Game’

Azhar Says India Clash ‘Just Another Game’

Pakistan’s batsman Azhar Ali has insisted his side will treat their Champions Trophy opener against title-holders India in Birmingham on Sunday as “just another game”. Politics in both countries means the Asian giants, arguably cricket’s fiercest rivals, now rarely meet outside of International Cricket Council events. Such is the global...

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Authorities Clueless As Foul Stench Afflicts Karachi Residents

Authorities Clueless As Foul Stench Afflicts Karachi Residents

Residents of Karachi remained perplexed by ‘strange’ smells that pervaded large parts of the city Wednesday evening, taking to social media to share their concerns. Members of the Facebook group Halaat Updates, where Karachiites discuss everything from electricity outages to municipal negligence, wondered what the reason behind the smell could...

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No Case Pending Against Zardari, Says Nisar

No Case Pending Against Zardari, Says Nisar

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has said that no case is pending against former president Asif Ali Zardari at present and, therefore, he is a free man to go anywhere. “As far as the matter of Zardari Sahab is concerned, he is not on the ECL (exit control...

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PML-N Senator Threatens Consequences For Those ‘Grilling’ Hussain Nawaz

PML-N Senator Threatens Consequences For Those ‘Grilling’ Hussain Nawaz

PML-N Senator Nehal Hashmi on Wednesday lashed out at “those investigating” Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his sons in the Panama Papers case, warning that they will be taken to task for the grilling. Hussain Nawaz, the elder son of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, on Tuesday had appeared before the...

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Massive Blast Rocks Kabul Diplomatic Quarter; 80 Killed, 300 Wounded

Massive Blast Rocks Kabul Diplomatic Quarter; 80 Killed, 300 Wounded

At least 80 people were killed in a massive blast which ripped through the diplomatic quarter of the Afghan capital Kabul early Wednesday, the health ministry said, warning the toll would rise further. “Unfortunately the toll has reached 80 martyred (killed) and over 300 wounded, including many women and children,”...

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Careem MD Alleges An IGP Tried To ‘Lend Support’ To Son’s Job Application

Careem MD Alleges An IGP Tried To ‘Lend Support’ To Son’s Job Application

The managing director of Careem has alleged that an Inspector General of Police (IGP) tired to ‘lend support’ to his son’s job application on Tuesday. In a Facebook post, Junaid Iqbal detailed how an IGP called him up and tried to influence his son’s chances at securing a position with...

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Champions Trophy; Wahab Suffers Minor Injury

Champions Trophy; Wahab Suffers Minor Injury

LAHORE: Fast bowler Wahab Riaz has suffered a slight injury on his left knee, as per the spokesman for the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). “The pacer has slightly injured upper muscle of his left knee which has been bandaged as a precautionary measure,” maintained the PCB spokesperson while talking to...

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Cordial Pakistan-India Ties To Herald Prosperity: Nisar

Cordial Pakistan-India Ties To Herald Prosperity: Nisar

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has said that every effort by Islamabad has proved futile due to lack of trust and stubbornness on the part of New Delhi. “The dream of progress and prosperity of people of the two countries and development and peace in the region cannot be...

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Stock Market Gearing Up For MSCI Inclusion Day

Stock Market Gearing Up For MSCI Inclusion Day

KARACHI: The Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) has taken at least four measures to boost liquidity in the system, as it looks to smoothly settle expected trade orders worth $1.25-1.5 billion on June 1, 2017, a senior PSX official told The Express Tribune on Monday. The PSX is all set to be...

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PTI Activist Held In First Case About ‘Maligning Forces’ On Social Media

PTI Activist Held In First Case About ‘Maligning Forces’ On Social Media

LAHORE: The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) arrested a Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) activist in the first case in its campaign to crack down on social media users criticising the country’s armed forces on different digital platforms. The FIA’s cybercrime wing arrested Adnan Afzal Qureshi in the Defence Housing Authority on Tuesday...

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PM Orders Audit Of Circular Debt Claims

PM Orders Audit Of Circular Debt Claims

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday ordered a special audit of fresh circular debt claims of Rs480 billion and third-party analysis of the power demand-and-supply situation on the basis of projects that are coming up for commercial operations. While presiding over a meeting of the cabinet committee on energy,...

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Minister Says PM’s Son Harassed By Two JIT Members

Minister Says PM’s Son Harassed By Two JIT Members

ISLAMABAD: Leaders of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) on Tuesday accused two members of the joint investigation team (JIT) probing the Panama Papers case of harassing Hussain Nawaz, son of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who appeared before the teamearlier in the day. Addressing a press conference at the Press...

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PTV ‘Blackout’ Prompts Opposition Boycott Of Budget Debate In NA

PTV ‘Blackout’ Prompts Opposition Boycott Of Budget Debate In NA

ISLAMABAD: Opposition members in the National Assembly boycotted the opening day of the budget debate on Monday after the government refused to telecast live the speech of Opposition Leader Syed Khursheed Shah on the state-run television. After the opposition’s refusal to participate in the proceedings, Speaker Ayaz Sadiq gave floor...

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Deaf Mute Woman Raped On Lahore-Bound Train Undergoes Test Thrice

Deaf Mute Woman Raped On Lahore-Bound Train Undergoes Test Thrice

LAHORE: A deaf mute woman, who was allegedly raped on a Lahore-bound train near Samasatta (Bahawalpur) two days ago, had to undergo medical examination thrice. ‘S’, a mother of three, was travelling with her sister and brother-in-law to Lahore from Quetta by Akbar Bugti Express on Saturday night. The woman...

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Khaadi Faces Social Media Rage Amidst Allegations Of Inhumane Work Conditions

Khaadi Faces Social Media Rage Amidst Allegations Of Inhumane Work Conditions

One of the largest brands in Pakistan’s apparel industry, Khaadi, has found itself at the centre of a growing civil campaign against inhumane workplace conditions and workers’ rights. Several protest demonstrations have been held in Karachi and Lahore over the last week by workers and activists alleging high-handedness and unfair...

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Proposal For Life Term In White Collar Cases Rejected By National Accountability Law Committee

Proposal For Life Term In White Collar Cases Rejected By National Accountability Law Committee

ISLAMABAD: The Parli¬amen¬tary Committee on the National Accountability Law on Monday rejected a proposal of life imprisonment for those to be convicted under charges of white collar crimes. Ninth meeting of the committee presided over by its Chairman Law Minister Zahid Hamid discussed a draft bill called National Accountability (Amend-ment)...

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Another Breakdown Hits KE System

Another Breakdown Hits KE System

KARACHI: The citizens on Monday suffered another power breakdown when electricity supply got suspended in major parts of the metropolis. The breakdown occurred between the intervening night of Monday and Tuesday. The areas which suffered the electricity failure included Nazimabad, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Gulistan-e-Jauhar, Malir, Korangi, Lines Area, New Karachi, Safoora, Site...

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PM Again Orders Minimum Power Outages During Ramazan

PM Again Orders Minimum Power Outages During Ramazan

ISLAMABAD: Faced with public ire over his government’s inability to curb unannounced power outages even in Ramazan, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif once again came down hard on the authorities on Monday and directed them to ensure minimum load-shedding in the fasting month. Prime Minister Sharif was chairing a meeting of the...

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Steel Set To Become Expensive As Budgetary Measures Kick In

Steel Set To Become Expensive As Budgetary Measures Kick In

KARACHI: Construction cost is set to go higher as the steel industry announced its plan to increase prices by Rs2,500-3,000 per ton from July 1, 2017, citing measures the government has taken in Budget 2017-18. “We have no choice but to increase steel prices. Steel companies will not be able to...

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Kulbhushan Jadhav Continues To Provide ‘Crucial Intelligence’, Says FO Spokesperson

Kulbhushan Jadhav Continues To Provide ‘Crucial Intelligence’, Says FO Spokesperson

India blamed Pakistan for denying consular access to Jadhav while Pakistan insisted that was not eligible for consular access.

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Two PTI Men Killed As Protest Against Outages Turns Violent

Two PTI Men Killed As Protest Against Outages Turns Violent

BATKHELA: Two activists of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf were killed and 14 others wounded in a violent protest against prolonged power loadshedding in the Dargai tehsil of Malakand on Monday. The army was called in to quell the violence. The clash occurred following tensions in the province as protests against extended...

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JIT To Summon Hussain Again As SC Turns Down Objections

JIT To Summon Hussain Again As SC Turns Down Objections

ISLAMABAD: Hussain Nawaz, the elder son of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, will appear before the joint investigation team (JIT) probing the Panama Papers case for a second time today (Tuesday) after the Supreme Court turned down his objections against two of the body’s members. “We are not going to remove...

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One Dead As Protests Against Loadshedding Turn Violent In KP

One Dead As Protests Against Loadshedding Turn Violent In KP

A mob led by a member of provincial assembly (MPA) and Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf (PTI) leader Fazal Ilahi blocked Ring Road in Peshawar on Monday as they protested prolonged power outages. Similarly, protests against loadshedding in Malakand turned violent when protestors burned the local police station. Clashes between the protesters and...

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Four Injured In IED Explosion Along Line Of Control

Four Injured In IED Explosion Along Line Of Control

At least four people were injured in a blast after their vehicle ran over an improvised explosive device along the Line of Control (LoC) in Azad Jammu and Kashmir late on Sunday night, an official said on Monday. The public transport vehicle was passing through Khilana area to drop passengers...

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Family Of Girl Tortured By Teachers Cry Out For Justice

Family Of Girl Tortured By Teachers Cry Out For Justice

LAHORE: Two government teachers allegedly pushed a class-IX girl student from the third floor of the school building in Shahdara, causing her life-threatening injuries. The teachers, who have been booked for attempted murder case, reported to have committed the crime after the girl refused to “clean the classroom on her...

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Indian Police Arrest Three Over Sex Assault Video

Indian Police Arrest Three Over Sex Assault Video

Three men have been arrested after video emerged showing them assaulting two women in broad daylight as a dozen others looked on and ignored their screams for help, police said Monday. The blurry video aired by Indian television showed the men groping and pushing the women in Uttar Pradesh state...

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Power Breakdown Hits Karachi’s Water Supply

Power Breakdown Hits Karachi’s Water Supply

KARACHI: A massive power breakdown in the K-Electric’s network badly affected water supply to the city which received over 150 million gallons of water on Sunday against its daily normal supply of over 500m gallons. According to a statement issued by the Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KSWB), the normal...

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Rs10b Bribe Offer: PML-N Yet To Proceed Against Imran Khan

Rs10b Bribe Offer: PML-N Yet To Proceed Against Imran Khan

LAHORE: The PML-N leadership is yet to move against PTI chief Imran Khan for his allegation that he was offered Rs10 billion to keep quiet on the Panama Papers, as the timeframe for both the legal notices expired earlier this week. The first legal notice was served on May 8 by...

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Pakistan Draws Redlines For Joining Saudi Alliance

Pakistan Draws Redlines For Joining Saudi Alliance

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has decided to draw certain ‘redlines’ for becoming part of the Saudi-led Islamic Military Alliance against Terrorism (IMAT) in an effort to avoid the negative fallout of its participation in the initiative that has potential to undermine ties with neighbouring Iran. It was thought that the government had already...

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JIT Grills PM’s Son Hussain Nawaz For Two Hours

JIT Grills PM’s Son Hussain Nawaz For Two Hours

ISLAMABAD: Hussain Nawaz, the elder son of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, appeared before the joint investigation team (JIT) on Sunday in connection with the Panama Papers probe into the Sharif family’s assets. Headed by Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Additional Director General Wajid Zia, the JIT grilled Mr Hussain for about...

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Dar Seeks Approval For Rs 310bn ‘Supplementary’ Budget

Dar Seeks Approval For Rs 310bn ‘Supplementary’ Budget

Parliament is required to approve these expenditures as a fait accomplish because the amount is considered to have been already spent.

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Pakistan Fears Indian Influence In Afghanistan, Say US Spy Chiefs

Pakistan Fears Indian Influence In Afghanistan, Say US Spy Chiefs

WASHINGTON: The US intelligence community, in a rare acknowledgement of Pakistan’s concerns, has informed Congress that Islama­bad does not want heavy Indian influence in Afghanistan and will likely turn to China to offset New Delhi’s sway on its western borders. The discussion on Pakistan’s interests in Afghanistan was part of...

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Govt Allocates Rs 1tr For Development Projects For Next Fiscal Year

Govt Allocates Rs 1tr For Development Projects For Next Fiscal Year

The government on Friday unveiled a Rs1.001 trillion allocation for its Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) for fiscal year 2017-18.

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It’s A Balanced Budget, Says Industry

It’s A Balanced Budget, Says Industry

KARACHI: The trade and industry described the next year’s budget as ‘balanced’, but expressed concerns over the Federal Board of Revenue’s collection target which has been increased by Rs500 billionto Rs4.01 trillion. Talking to the media after the budget speech on Friday, Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry...

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PTI Lawmaker, Supporters Storm Grid Stations In Peshawar

PTI Lawmaker, Supporters Storm Grid Stations In Peshawar

Later in the evening, Yakatoot police registered an FIR against MPA Fazal Elahi for attacking and illegally occupying government property.

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Defense Budget Set At Rs 920.2bn For FY 2017-18

Defense Budget Set At Rs 920.2bn For FY 2017-18

Pakistan’s defence expenditure in the next financial year will be around 7 per cent higher than it was in the outgoing year to Rs920.2 billion, the government announced in Friday’s Budget 2017-18 speech. The PML-N government’s total budget outlay for 2017-18, possibly its last year in power, was Rs4.75tr, out...

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PML-N Government Unveils Federal Budget 2017-18 With Rs 4.75tr Outlay

PML-N Government Unveils Federal Budget 2017-18 With Rs 4.75tr Outlay

Lawmakers had gathered on Friday in the National Assembly in Islamabad ahead of the government’s announcement of the Federal Budget 2017-18.

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Waiting For Govt Nod For Pakistan Ties: BCCI

Waiting For Govt Nod For Pakistan Ties: BCCI

NEW DELHI: The BCCI on Thursday said it had reminded the government a fortnight ago about the contentious issue of resuming bilateral cricket ties with Pakistan. The Indian Cricket Board and Pakistan Cricket Board are scheduled to meet in Dubai later this month to resolve the prevailing bilateral issues. Like...

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Attempts To Smuggle Drugs On PIA A Conspiracy Against PM, Govt

Attempts To Smuggle Drugs On PIA A Conspiracy Against PM, Govt

RAWALPINDI: The security agency investigating the discovery of heroin on Pakistan International Airlines’ (PIA) planes, which are often used for VVIP flights, has said the incident was a “conspiracy” against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his government and has suggested a Joint Investigation Team probe the incidents. According to a...

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ANF Recovers 1kg Heroin From Abu Dhabi-Bound Passenger At Islamabad Airport

ANF Recovers 1kg Heroin From Abu Dhabi-Bound Passenger At Islamabad Airport

The Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) recovered one kilogramme of heroin from a passenger at the Benazir Bhutto International Airport, officials said Friday. ANF officials said the passenger, Irfan Masih, was set to board an Airblue flight for Abu Dhabi on Thursday night when the drug was recovered from his handbag during...

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Peshawar High Court Stays Execution Of Taliban Leader

Peshawar High Court Stays Execution Of Taliban Leader

PESHAWAR: The Peshawar High Court (PHC) on Thursday stayed the execution of former spokesman for the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan’s Swat chapter, Muslim Khan, who was sentenced to death last year by a military court on multiple charges of terrorism. The PHC bench comprising Chief Justice Yahya Afridi and Justice Ijaz Anwer...

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Police Fire Water Cannon To Disperse Protesting Farmers In Islamabad

Police Fire Water Cannon To Disperse Protesting Farmers In Islamabad

Police on Friday fired water cannon and resorted to baton charge to gain control over a protest of the Pakistan Kissan Ittehad (PKI) held at Islamabad’s D-Chowk. Police also used tear-gas shelling to disperse the protesters who had gathered at D-Chowk, a roundabout just outside Islamabad’s Red Zone, to demand...

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Govt Announces 5.28pc GDP Growth; Dar Optimistic Despite Missed Target

Govt Announces 5.28pc GDP Growth; Dar Optimistic Despite Missed Target

“Total investment has reached Rs5.03 trillion as compared to Rs4.53tr last year, showing growth of 11.05pc in FY 2017,”

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Journalist To Face FIA Counterterrorism Wing

Journalist To Face FIA Counterterrorism Wing

ISLAMABAD: The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has issued a notice to journalist Taha Siddiqui, asking him to appear before its counterterrorism wing. The undated notice directs the journalist “to appear before the at police station FIA counterterrorism wing” on May 26. It says that non-compliance would be punishable...

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